NYC DOT Fleet Busy Assisting in Rescue
Jack Lawson, director of fleet services for the city of New York Department of Transportation, said his fleet is providing support for the rescue and recovery operation at the World Trade Center. “That involves working around the clock 24 hours, splitting shifts up, 12 hours on, 12 hours off,” Lawson told Automotive Fleet. “We’ve sent dump trucks, bucket trucks, payloaders, and flat bed trailers, plus roadside- assistance vehicles down there to keep the trucks running.” Lawson said he has received phone calls from vehicle manufacturers offering to donate vehicles. Lawson added that he used to work for the New York Fire Department, which includes New York City Emergency Medical Services, and said he lost five friends, and his former boss is missing. Lawson said he has been at the site several times. “The pictures don’t do it justice. There is much more devastation than is being shown on TV,” he said.